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Turtle Inn, Placencia

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Belize, Central + South America: Seafront Villas at the Turtle Inn
Near Placencia
Tel: 800 746 3743 (toll-free)
Tel: 501 523 3244's insider take:

A sister property to Blancaneaux Lodge, Turtle Inn is where Belize meets Bali (and a few other places). After the original structure—which Francis Ford Coppola had acquired and modified in 2000—succumbed to Hurricane Iris, the director built a new one to his exact specifications (and "personal joy") in 2003. The result: 25 rooms ranging from the Seaview Villas (private gardens, outdoor showers, Balinese woodwork) to the Chinese Matrimonial Suite (antique Chinese fertility bed, Chinese bath, screened-in porch), to the Pavilion House (private beach, steam shower, Japanese bath). Other sea-influenced attractions include the Mare restaurant (Italian, complete with Neapolitan brick pizza oven); the hotel's dive shop, which runs all manner of snorkeling and diving trips (Placencia is on the country's south coast, about 20 miles by boat from the reef); and a waterside spa.

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